Temporary work industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Temporary work industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the temporary work industry in the U.S.

Temporary work is a form of employment in which a person is contracted to work for an employer for a limited period of time. Temporary work is usually found through employment agencies but can also be applied for directly with a company in the case of seasonal work, for example in restaurants and at theme parks. In the United States, staffing and recruiting industry sales exceeded 122 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, 89.2 percent of which was generated in the temporary and contract employment sector.

Employment agencies find employees for client companies that use them for temporary work assignments. Even though the temporary workers are doing work for the client companies, they always remain employees of the agency. Globally, Swiss company Adecco is the leading employment agency in terms of revenue. In 2014, the company’s revenue amounted to 22.72 billion U.S. dollars, with the largest share of its business generated in the industrial sector. U.S. company Manpower is a close competitor of Adecco, with almost 21 billion dollars in revenue in 2014. Manpower placed approximately 3.4 million people into permanent, temporary and contract positions worldwide during the same year.

In the United States, temporary and contract employment totaled 11 million in 2013, showing a steady decline from 17.3 million in 2000. While employment figures declined between 2000 and 2013, the average length of temporary and contract assignments rose from 9.6 weeks in 2000 to 14.3 weeks in 2013.

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